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Episode 32: All Pain is a Result of Weakness – Lessons Learned From Arnold Schwarzenegger!

*Pain is a result of WEAKNESS!
(2:10) Jake’s Aunt meets Arnold Schwartzanagger 

(2:55) 50 squats a day keeps Jake Berman away

(3:10) Why Jake has this saying

(3:30) Non-Traumatic pain is secondary weakness

(4:24) An example from Jake’s life

(5:29) Jake gets diagnosed with a herniated disk

(6:15) “This is crazy” – Jake dealing w/ chronic back pain at 30, he couldn’t drive for more than two hours w/o pain.

(7:00) 2018 is when it all hit the fan

(7:48) Jake is playing the best round of golf in his life, steps up to the tee box on hole 8 and as soon as he swung, he felt like someone shot him in the back. It literally buckled. The next morning he literally could not get out of bed

(8:19) Jake rolled out of bed and it took him 2 hours to get off the ground!

(9:16) It took him another two hours to begin to walk, this gave him a lot of sympathy

(10:10) Made a vow that he was going to go into work on Monday and have his staff assess him and do an objective screen on him & tell him what his weaknesses are

(10:37) The staff assessed Jake and found his left glute was weak and not firing at all!

(12:15) Jake now enjoys leg day more than any other day because all this is in the back of his mind off

(13:17) Arnold Schwartzanagger key number 5 is “Work Your Butt Off”, there is someone always trying to be better than you

(14:19) You have to find and expose your weaknesses and then you have train them hard

(14:53) The reason Jake hated leg day was because it was his WEAKNESS!

(16:08) It was at least 6 months for Jake to have the confidence to do a weighted squat, didn’t squat more than 135 lbs but focused on perfecting form and increasing reps

(16:40) 18 months after the injury, Jake could go into the gym and lift heavier weights with no flare ups

(17:26) In the 4 years since, Jake has not had an episode with his back

(18:12) The reason I wanted to talk about all this is because I was in the gym today doing deadlifts and today is the most he has deadlifted in the last 10 years with no back pain!

(18:55) The older you get the weaker you get is what the general population accepts, but it doesn’t have to be this way, regardless of age

(19:24) All secondary pain is related to weakness, it doesn’t matter how old you are and you have a position of relief. By position of relief Jake is referring to, is there a position you can get in where you are not in pain

(20:21) If you can’t find a position of relief, that is a big problem. If you can find a position of relief you can fix your pain through PERFECT hard work.

(21:02) That’s where Berman PT comes in. Jake couldn’t do it himself, he had to have his staff say that he wasn’t in perfect alignment

(21:53) Every single athlete has coaching, no matter the sport.

(22:21) They need them there because we are talking about the difference of splitting hairs here and that’s what causes flare ups down the road.

(22:38) Real life examples of things Jake has taken for granted

(24:53) Every week Jake hears a story from skeptic that they can’t believe they are pain free

(25:40) Jimmy’s story, his back pain was so bad, he literally couldn’t do anything. He couldn’t reach over to touch his knee caps and this is a very active guy

(26:12) We worked with him for a year and he could start moving again, fast forward a year and a half later he was back to doing everything he wanted to do

(26:56) One more example; Laurie, her story is similar to Jimmy’s. I told her we were going to fix her up, fast forward a couple years, she’s back to doing everything she was able to do and doesn’t have back pain anymore. She doesn’t feel like her life is dictated by her back pain anymore.

(26:06) If you do NOT have traumatic pain, it is fixable, IF you have a position of relief. It will NOT be a quick fix. It will take work, especially if you put in the PERFECT work.

(28:52) 50 squats a day keeps Jake Berman away, and I will even count getting out of your chair. Just do it slower and use your muscles. A year from today you will be stronger than you are today!

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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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